The Technology Issue

Volume 13 Issue 6, February 2014


Technology has changed everything. Being 22, I’ve been able to live through some of that change, that digital thrust, the generation that met on MySpace (where the number of comments on your photos had a say in how (un)cool you were). Though it remains debatable which direction we’ve been hurled into, we can still actively create spaces to talk about technology’s implications, to critically interrogate its expressions.

I remember racing home as fast as I could from elementary school (grade 7) to log into my MSN account and add hearts around my crush’s name (spelled in secret code), making my user name that much more cryptic and pretty. Eleven years later, it’s become important for me to locate my material privilege in relation to my experiences with technology, and to begin to ask questions. Has technology inhibited access to care and services or has it enhanced it? In what ways has it impacted the means by which we create and share knowledge?

The ongoing battle about whether or not technology is a departure from the essential/natural (and the perceived danger associated with this) is not my point of entry into the dialogue. I think we can explore technology on productive anti-oppressive terms. When, for who, is it useful? Can technology facilitate transformation and enrichment?

What stories are we creating in its presence?

Fiorella Morzi